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United Air to Slash Office Jobs by 30% After U.S. Aid Ends

  • Carrier will require four-day week for some, unpaid leave
  • Airline also warns pilots of likely furloughs later this year
Planes At Reagan National Airport As Coronavirus Cripples Air Travel
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United Airlines Holdings Inc. will cut at least 30% of its managerial and administrative jobs when government restrictions lift in October, bracing for a prolonged travel slump in the age of Covid-19.

In addition to cutting the roughly 3,500 positions, the company will require that management and administrative employees take 20 days off without pay between May 16 and Sept. 30 to help pare costs, Kate Gebo, executive vice president of human resources, said in an internal memo Monday. Employees in “non-operational” roles will begin working a four-day week, and cash severance payments will end for managers who are laid off.